Diageo announces change to Executive CommitteeDownload file

Diageo has today announced that Ian Wright, Corporate Relations Director since 2004, is to leave the company. Ian will be succeeded by Charlotte Lambkin, currently Group Communications Director of BAe Systems plc. Charlotte will join Diageo in January 2014 and will replace Ian on the Diageo Executive.  Ian will support Charlotte through her first months and leave Diageo on 31 March 2014. His plans for his next role will become public in the coming months.

Paul S Walsh, Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive of Diageo commented:

‘Ian has been a principal architect of Diageo’s reputation.  It was he and his team who first articulated our ambition to be one of ‘the world’s most trusted and respected companies’ and he has been a major contributor in our efforts to achieve it.  I know he took particular pride on the two occasions when we were named Britain’s Most Admired Company.  He has made a very important contribution to Diageo’s standing among global corporations and has also been a key member of the Executive Committee.  We all wish him well.’

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo commented:
‘I am delighted to welcome Charlotte Lambkin to Diageo.  Charlotte has an outstanding record of achievement in the corporate relations arena.  Her work at BAe Systems plc, where she has been a member of their Executive Committee for the past five years, marks her out as an excellent leader with a real grasp of the demands of managing the stakeholder agenda of a global business.  I look forward very much to working with her.

‘I want to thank Ian for all the support he is giving me in my transition, and for the part he has played in securing his successor to a critical leadership role for our business.’


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